Every year I try to pick a word that embodies an action or quality that I’d like to focus on for the coming months. This year I had picked the word “grow” and carved it from a block of Smoothfoam. Not only will these springtime decorations remind me to stretch and try new things, but now I also have a fun way to bring a a bit of the garden indoors! Learn how to make these carved foam words below.
2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
Two 1” Smoothfoam balls
1 Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheet
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink Pads: Lilac, Limelight, Aquamarine, Tangelo
Ann Butler 1″ Faux Quilting Stamps – Leaves, Herringbone
Acrylic stamping block
Ann Butler Iridescents Ink – Lilac
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Westcott Non-Stick Scissors
Darice® Wired Accents Aluminum Floral Wire – Lime
Silver floral wire, wire cutters
Acrylic paint – apple green, yellow
Paint pens – black, white, dark green, purple, pink
Sticky-back craft foam – green, dark pink, white
Paint brushes, pencil
Wood skewer, paper clip
1. Click here to download the “grow” artwork and print it onto the Sulky transfer sheet (it’s tiled into two sections). Cut the sheet in half between the two lines of text. Peel off the backing paper and press the two pieces together to fit on the Smoothfoam block. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.
2. Poke pilot holes with the hot knife into each area of the block that will be cut out. Carefully carve out the design on the mini-scroll table. Unthread and re-insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut. Peel off the transfer sheet when finished.
3. Add details to the carved foam words with the engraving tool.
4. Paint the carving with apple green acrylic paint and let dry.
5. Stamp the leaves pattern onto the carving with the Limelight ink pad.
6. Brush more Limelight ink onto the sides of the carving and the outer border of each letter. Lightly tap the Aquamarine ink pad to the edges to add a little contrast.
7. Paint the carved flower pot with Iridescent Lilac ink. When dry, stamp the flower pot with the Herringbone stamp and Lilac ink pad. Add details to the flower pot with a purple paint pen.
8. Cut a 1-1/2” x 2” piece of green cardstock and glue it onto the top of the purple flower pot.
9. To make the flower’s center, poke a skewer into a Smoothfoam ball as a handle and paint the ball yellow. When dry, tap the Tangelo ink pad lightly onto the surface of the ball to add a hint of color.
10. For the flower petals, cut two 3” squares from dark pink craft foam. Peel off the release papers and adhere the two sticky sides together. Cut out a circle (slightly smaller than 1”) from the center. Draw a flower on the foam and cut out. Press the yellow Smoothfoam ball into the center of the foam flower so that it stays in place. Add details to the flower petals with a pink paint pen.
11. Cut a 24” length of the lime floral wire and twist it into a loose vine shape with five loopy leaves.
12. Cut five pairs of leaves from the green craft foam sheet. Adhere the craft foam leaves in pairs to the wire loopy leaves. Add details to the leaves with a green paint pen.
13. Fit the pink flower onto one end of the wire and poke the other end into the top of the purple flower pot.
14. To make the bee body, roll a Smoothfoam ball against a tabletop pressing down on one side so that the ball squashes into an olive shape. Use the engraving tool to carve three lines around the bee body.
15. Paint the bee yellow. When dry, add a stripe and a face with a black paint marker. Add the eyes with white paint pen. Cut wings from the white craft foam sheet. Use the wire cutters to cut a “u” loop from the paper clip. Use the “u” to attach the wings to the bee body. Cut a 5” length of silver wire and twist it into a loose spiral. Poke one end of the wire into the bee body and the other end into the purple flower pot.